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Title: Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology
Written By: David Embick
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

In Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology, David Embick
offers the first detailed examination of morphology and phonology from a
phase-cyclic point of view (that is, one that takes into account recent
developments in Distributed Morphology and the Minimalist program) and the
only recent detailed treatment of allomorphy, a phenomenon that is central to
understanding how the grammar of human language works. In addition to
making new theoretical proposals about morphology and phonology in terms
of a cyclic theory, Embick addresses a schism in the field between
phonological theories such as Optimality Theory and other (mostly syntactic)
theories such as those associated with the Minimalist Program. He presents
sustained empirical arguments that the localist view of grammar associated
with the Minimalist program (and Distributed Morphology in particular) is
correct, and that the Globalism espoused by many forms of Optimality
Theory is incorrect. In the "derivational versus nonderivational" debate in
linguistic theory, Embick's arguments come down squarely on the derivational

Determining how to make empirical comparisons between such large
positions, and the different frameworks that embody them, is at the heart of
the book. Embick argues that patterns of allomorphy implicate general
questions about locality and specific questions about the manner in which
(morpho)syntax relates to (morpho)phonology. Allomorphy thus provides a
crucial test case for comparing Localist and Globalist approaches to

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 026201422X
ISBN-13: 9780262014229
Pages: 232
Prices: U.S. $ 70

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262514303
ISBN-13: 9780262514309
Pages: 232
Prices: U.S. $ 35